After downsizing from a 40 ft to our new-to-us 30 ft RV, we’ve gotten a lot of questions. Does it feel too tight? Does the layout still work for you? Did you have to get rid of a lot? To answer these I’d say, “No. Yes. Not too much.” But instead of just talking about it, we thought we’d give you the tour.
Our new home is a 2012 Newmar Bay Star 30 ft gas motorcoach. The transition has been pretty seamless for us with minimal growing (?) pains. We did get rid of more stuff, but most of it needed to go anyway. There’s something very freeing about letting go of things you don’t use.
We no longer have the super deep pass-through bays of a diesel, but we’ve managed to make it work by consolidating and using our Tetris skills. Brandon was able to get all his scuba gear in one bay!
We found a floor plan that was surprisingly similar to our previous RV, just a little shorter.
We still have a couch, but had to say goodbye to our blue chair. Kona thinks the new sofa is pretty comfy.
The desk/dinette area didn’t need a lot of customization to make it work for us. Brandon was able to modify our drawers into keyboard trays and drill a couple of holes for wires and viola!
The kitchen had the biggest changes for us. We went from all-electric appliances (induction cooktop, convection oven, and residential fridge) to the typical gas-powered range and smallish fridge. While an adjustment, it allowed us to spend more time off the cord even before our solar. Our previous RV was an energy hog and we’d have to run the generator once or twice daily to keep the batteries topped off. We added organization boxes to the fridge and a stove wrap to keep everything clean and in its place. So far, so good.
We lost a slide in the bedroom, but we gained under bed storage, a tv, and a rear facing window. It’s hard to argue with that!
We’re really happy with our choice. Is it perfect? No, but is anything? At some point, we’d like to update the decor more to our style and there are some changes in the kitchen that could be done to gain counter space back. Those are our biggest complaints and they’re not that bad. Downsizing 10 feet has felt like opening 10 more doors to adventure for us and we can’t wait to drive through them all!
To see more about this RV and the additions we made, check out:
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We’ve thought that a 30 ft motorhome should be “enough.” If you can live in it full-time, we should be able to manage half a year in it!
If you’re coming from a big house, it may take some adjustment. But for 6 months, it should be fine!
Sarah Ruh says
Your new home looks great, and I love the video tour! You should totally have your own tv show. 🙂
Thanks! You’ll get to see it up close and personal in a few months sitting in front of your house. And haha, riiiiggghhhttt.
Brittany Highland says
You guys did such a great job with that video. Gonna miss that blue chair, though!
Thanks! Me, too. 🙁
Eric Udell says
Thanks for the tour! I’ve heard it said that you don’t get the right RV until the third one and for us that was true, but it seems like you guys did it two!
Well, if you count our pop-up camper, we’re on par with you and the hearsay!
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Happy camper :) says
Great video, great tour and great post. Our RV is a travel camper we made by ourself on pickup. Now we are looking for a real Motorhome (Class-C). I hope we’ll be happy with this one
Thanks! We hope you love you new RV!
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Andrea Elkins says
Love the rear window! I agree with you: you really didn’t “lose” anything. And now you’re more mobile than ever!